Situational Agility: Face or Turn Back to Player

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This post is taken from Sub Chapter 5.11- of our SoccerFIT Yearly Program, where we are talking about body position as it relates to soccer speed/agility, specifically regarding the ability to anticipate a situation and make subtle changes to the hard wired agility patterns based on desired tactical outcomes…
Body Position in Relation to Other Players:

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Off-Season Recap: Week 2 – Agility Rest

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One of the themes of the early off-season (usually a 1-3 week period) is to RESET OUR SYSTEM…
Resetting the system refers to taking a step back, revisiting some of the basics (mobility, form running, aerobic fitness, strength technique, etc.). We like to change up the program style (mixing the strength with various forms of fitness,

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MB Training to Improve Power

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Throwing med balls always seems to go hand in hand with power training. Exercises like shot tosses (pictured in the video below), scoop tosses, crunch throws, jump throws, chest passes and partner variations (mb tennis) have been used in our programs for years.

These activities build power in several ways:

Coordination: concentric synchronization of the lower body

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RESEARCH: Odd Shaped Balls – Reactive Skill Development?

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Last week at the NSCAA National Conference, I picked up a few balls from Corpus Training LLC to start a study on reactive dribbling and quick feet that we plan to start in the Spring. Last night I began our process, by letting some of our athletes play with the Rasenreich balls in a “free

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Weekly Recap: Winter 11-12 Week 4

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As you know, our PowerFIT/Speed/FIT program is a seasonal progression that challenges the athlete to improve each week as we build off a foundation of basic movement into explosive speed/agility and fitness:

From a conditioning standpoint we are using the Cybex Arc Trainers in the first two phases (months) and then our focus shifts to the

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Research: Improving Kicking Distance In Young Players

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Our Research Review Article for today comes from the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Rubley, et. al., 2011). This study assessed an intervention of low-level plyometric training on vertical jump and kicking performance in two groups of thirteen-year-old female soccer players.
“High intensity plyometric training is often used by strength

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RESEARCH: Enhancing Max Velocity Sprints with Weight Vests and Sled Pulls

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A recent study on 20 college players from the Haverford College’s Athletic Department was performed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Human Performance Laboratory (Authors Clark, K., Stearne, D., Walts, C., and Miller, A. – Published in the December 2010 – Vol. 24 No. 12 Issue of the

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